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NY Through The Lens

NY Through The Lens is a photographic exploration of the city of New York. All the images are taken by photographer Vivienne Gucwa, who has lived in the city all of her life and explores all aspects of the landscape of the city, from the skyline and the financial district to the lower east side, Greenwich village and chinatown. The book is more inspirational than technical, and is split into four chapters; Street Narratives, Skylines, Seasons and History. Each section has an introductory...

The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook

The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook is written by the author of the 'Photography is not a crime' blog, and aims to guide you through how citizen journalism works in the modern age, as well as telling you your rights as a photographer. Citizen journalism is a photography type on the rise, with most of the population now carrying smartphones that have quick access to social media websites, meaning millions more of us can contribute images of public issues in our own communities. ...

Urban Photographer Of The Year

Urban Photographer of the Year is a book all about celebrating the talents of the winners of this competition, which ran last year. An overall winner was chosen along with 23 hourly winners which were chosen over the period of a single day, which are all showcased wonderfully in this book. Also included are the highly commended images and the winner of the student competition. British photographer Mark French was crowned the overall winner, for his image of a Hong Kong tram driver checki...

Afghanistan On The Bounce

Afghanistan On The Bounce follows photographer Robert L Cunningham as he is embedded with the US army in Afghanistan. Although it doesn't mention much about the actual techniques of photography, the images taken by Cunningham speak volumes about the way of life, and the hardships of the soldiers placed there. Right from leaving your family to go to war, Cunningham captures it all, and helps you to try and understand what it's like a be a modern day soldier. Some of the images are qui...

Michael Freeman's Photo School - Street

Street is one of the latest books in Michael Freeman's growing Photo School collection. Past titles have included exposure, composition and black and white. Freeman seems to be moving away from techniques and on to genres of photography with these latest additions. The book begins introducing the student photographers that will have their images critiqued by Michael throughout, after completing mini challenges. It then moves on to look at techniques, and how different lenses will influen...

The Photographer's Story

The Photographer’s story is all about the art of visual narrative within a picture or series of pictures. Author Michael Freeman has traveled all over the world, and is well versed in telling stories through his photography, through working for a wide number of publications in his professional career. This book is a testament to just how much a visual narrative can add to a piece of work. Not only telling a story, good photographic narratives get under the skin of the photograph, telling us a...

Rabari - Encounters with the nomadic tribe

This e-book is unusual because not only does it have a documentary side that gives you an insight into a particular group of people it is also full of hints, tips and background information on how each of the ten shots featured in the book were taken. I was surprised by this as when I first read the title I though it was going to be just another book that covers the journey of a photographer but I was wrong. It's taken two styles of book and mixed them together really well to produce a serie...

The Altogether

The Altogether is a limited edition book that bizarrely comes with a 7in vinyl record (remember them) It's a very sparse hardback jacket with the graphic of a man pulling rope (matched on the 7in single sleeve). Each page is twice the width of the jacket (the pages were hand folded) To view the content of each page you have to open the gatefolded page to review each photo. The quality of production is excellent, but it's a right faff if you want to sit down and peruse. What follows is...

Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae

Unlike the usual posed shots of singers we are used to seeing this book, shot by Kim Gottlieb-Walker, gives you a real insight into this singer, Bob Marley, and his families' life. The book is crammed full of candids that have you eagerly turning the pages to see what Kim shot next. It's a great tribute to Bob Marley and the world of reggae. It's a book that deserves to be read.

Astrid Kirchherr: A Retrospective

This book is a must for any Beatles fan as it's crammed full of Astrid's photos documenting the Beatles during their early years. As well as the huge collection of interesting photographs the book also features interviews with Astrid Kirchherr and other people who worked with her during her career. It's a great coffee table book perfect for any fan of 1960's popular culture and the Beatles.